I love saving, money, points, coins, you name it. Now, I'm not talking about hoarding, just saving. The point savers is a great way to keep some of those valuable points in your account to be used on another day. Unfortunately, when I get ready to plan, the list of locations offering the program are few are far between. Even the ones participating often limit the timeframe and/or room allotments. Good program, frustrating redemption.
The frustrating part is the point here. As a marketing idea, point savers pulls you in. Just what it should do...but not being able to book a room can lead to a very negative experience. ( See "No Blackout Dates").
The question of the day....Can the heavy user ( us Elite members), help properties use up the excess rooms at a greatly reduced rate to allow all stake holders to benefit? The corp, employees, and guests all benefit when rooms are used versus sit empty.
Years ago, Eastern Airlines used to offer, every Tuesday, last minute getaway fares for the following weekend. They were tremendous generators for Eastern to fill empty seats. in addition, they had 'suggested hotels' that would participate with them to complete the 'getaway experience'. It was a great idea that worked very well. I participated in those weekends and would travel from Boston to LA, FL, San Francisco, Colorado, and more. What you are saying about doing a 'reduced point rate' for a short term getaway is a wonderful idea. I do believe Marriott participated in those Eastern getaways (I'm talking back in the early 80's I think) and why they wouldn't want to offer special getaway weekends or short term getaways in general to fill unused rooms is something I don't understand. I think a lot of people would participate.
I'm sure you found it but, on ocassion, hotels will offer point stays for a discount... so a 100,000 regular point stay may be had for 80,000 as an example. We've taken advantage of these when ever possible. Hotels can be tricky, though.... sometimes they're listed as offering the point savers during a specific period of dates. You can go day by day, during the period, and never hit on a date that will pan out.
It's a great way to stretch out your points. All parties benefit.
I thought they advertised these from time to time on the first page after you sign in. I haven't seen this in a while. In the Marriott Rewards drop down list is "How to use Points"...click on that and the following is one of the descriptions. The hotel list changes quite often...I always check before booking a points stay. Sometimes my first choice isn't participating but an acceptable 2nd choice will save me a bundle.
With PointSavers™, use up to 33%
fewer points for your stays worldwide at participating Marriott brand hotels and
at The Ritz-Carlton.
Here's another link with a table by hotel category...